National Rail Enquiries - One Source of Train Times and Fares for All:
Thank goodness for the Internet.
National Rail Enquiries is now the fast, official, online source for train service information, UK train times, timetables and a great deal more.
How to Use UK National Rail Enquiries to Find Train Schedules and Fares:
Hit SEARCH and after a few seconds, the screen displays a selection of train service trip options.
What Do I Do Next?:
If you are simply planning a journey, or if you have a BritRail pass and don't need to purchase a ticket, that's it.
If you do want to buy a ticket or make a reservation, click Check Fares. You can refine your search by seeking the cheapest or the fastest ticket. The system will then present you with more choices and explanations of which fares you are eligible for or which apply to the train journey you've chosen.
Is the Information on National Rail Enquiries Reliable?:
Generally, the information, including service status and updates, is accurate.
The site also has information about handicapped access at stations, rules on luggage and animals, information for families and all sorts of things you never knew you wanted to know about British rail travel.
Can I Buy a Ticket From The National Rail Enquiries Website?:
Once you've picked your journey and checked the fare, choose "Buy a Ticket" and a drop down menu with live links to all the train companies will appear. Make sure you note down the details of your selected journey and fare because, once you click on a train operator's link, it will disappear.
Now here is the good news - any of the train operators can sell you a ticket for any journey, whether they operate that journey or not. So, once you have used the National Rail Enquiries website, all the hard work is done.